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Defense Logistics commander may lead Memorial Day parade in Manteca
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Marine Colonel Adrian W. Burke is tentatively scheduled to serve as the grand marshal for the Manteca Memorial Day parade on May 30.

The second annual event will start at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Manteca along Yosemite Avenue following traditional graveside ceremonies of those who have served America at East Union Cemetery.

The entry fee for the parade is $50. For more information on entries contact the Manteca Chamber of Commerce at 823-7229.

Col. Burke assumed command of the Defense Logistics Agency Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin on June 4, 2010. His previous assignment was as the Director of Logistics for U.S. Forces Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Burke is a native of Deer Park, Texas. He earned his commission in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation from Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing in 1984.

He is a Logistics Officer and a North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia regional specialist. He has command­ed at the platoon, company, battalion and regimental levels, leading troops into combat in eight campaigns. He commanded a reinforced logistics company in support of Regimental Combat Team 1 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He commanded a reinforced logistics battalion during the initial invasion into Iraq in support of 1st Marine Division, returning for a second Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment to support Regi­mental Combat Team 7 in the western Al Anbar province of Iraq.

He holds three Master’s Degrees. In 1992, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree with an em­phasis in International Business from National University, San Diego, CA. In 1999, he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., where he was hon­ored with three research and writing awards. In 2006, he earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy and Supply Chain Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington D.C., where he graduated with honors and was awarded another research and writing award in logistics excellence. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps’ School of Advanced Warfighting, a graduate level program teaching the art of decision making in complex environments. He is professionally certified in Transportation and Logistics by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Burke’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and two Combat Action Ribbons. His unit decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, and two Naval Unit Citations.